2013 Retalhuleu, Guatemala
Welcome to Retalhuleu, Guatemala!
Everyone gathered at 9 pm on the night of April 1st excited, energized, and eager to get to Guatemala. We congregated in front of the 34 boxes, packed with medical supplies and equipment, making introdu... Read More »
The pre-clinic is generally the busiest day of the week – this mission was no exception. There were over 350 people waiting outside the hospital when we arrived at 6:45 am. Each medical profe... Read More »
Surgeries and Stories
The first day of surgery did not disappoint. In comparison to the pre-clinic the day was much more tame. There weren’t hundreds of people running around the hospital, which made it much easier to interac... Read More »
The Village Behind the Patients
They say it takes a village to raise a child, the same is true with the patients that come to the Rotaplast clinic. Many times patients live hours to days away from the hospital. Friends and family members... Read More »
Patients: Younger and Older
Glaids Preciosa and her mother, Nancy Elenora, are an absolutely beautiful and charming duo. Nancy expressed fear for her daughter’s future. She elaborated by telling us her life story. Nancy’s mother ... Read More »
Dedicated Volunteers, Caring Patients, Wonderful Mission
Rotaplast missions aim to give reconstructive surgeries to children with cleft lips and/or palates. Every once in a while families come to the clinic in hopes of obtaining help for non-cleft lip and/or ... Read More »
Our Wonderful Volunteers
We have had an extremely productive and professional team this year. I can honestly say that every team member had a a kind, generous, and fun disposition. We were able to serve 119 patients and perform 13... Read More »
Final Thoughts and Impressions
The entire two weeks that we were at the hospital I wandered around the different hospital wards with a giant smile stretched from cheek to cheek, greeting everyone that looked my way with kindness. My smi... Read More »
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Day 10 – The last f...
The last full day of surgery is a great success. Many patients have been operated on today with complex burns. The total will be 58 patients with 92 procedures/surgery at the end of the mission. This morni... Read More »
Day 9 – a puzzle ev...
Sometimes it is difficult to schedule the operations here in Firozabad. Not because there are no registrations (despite the fact that there may also be some more), but mainly because there are ‘no sh... Read More »